It was such a loving tribute.
On the evening of Sunday, May 15th, family, friends, fans, and fellow entertainers gathered at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville to celebrate the life of Naomi Judd on the live televised River Of Time Celebration. Participants both in-person and via video message included Carly Pearce, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Ashley McBryde, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, Emmylou Harris, Brandi Carlile, Bono, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, Bette Midler, and Salma Hayek, among others.
The evening included several performances, starting with Wynonna Judd singing “River of Time,” written by her late mother.
Little Big Town – “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days)”
Jamey johnson – “John Deere Tractor”
Emmylou Harris, Allison Russell – “The Sweetest Gift”
The Gaithers- “How Beautiful Heaven Must Be”
Ashley McBryde – “Love Is Alive”
Brad Paisley – “Young Love (Strong Love)”
Carly Pearce – “Why Not Me”
Wynonna & Brandi Carlile – “The Rose”
Wynonna – “Love Can Build A Bridge”
Wynonna addressed the loss of her mother with a very emotional speech.
“Tonight is a celebration and at the same time, I can’t put into words how devastated I am. It’s the first place I’ve been publicly. I said goodbye to her two weeks ago and kissed her on the forehead. Her eyebrows were still perfect. She was unlike anyone in our family and I miss her so much.” – Wynonna Judd
Prior to Naomi’s death, she and Wynonna had announced a tour set to start in September. Last night, Wynonna revealed that she would continue on that tour, solo.
“So I’ve made a decision and I thought I’d share it on national television, that after a lot of thought I’m gonna have to honor her and do this tour. I’m just gonna have to.” – Wynonna Judd
Naomi died on April 30th at her Franklin, TN area home. According to her sister, Ashley Judd, she died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.